Sporting Kansas City announced today that the club has acquired 29-year-old center back Dany Rosero in a transfer from Colombian side Atletico Junior.
Rosero has signed a three-year MLS contract through 2025 with an option for 2026 and will occupy an international slot on Sporting’s roster, pending receipt of his International Transfer Certificate and P1 visa.
Rosero has eclipsed 300 professional appearances across Argentina and his native Colombia, scoring 20 goals and competing in the esteemed Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana. Beginning his career at Argentine club Arsenal de Sarandi as a teenager, the defender has spent the last seven seasons in the Colombian top-flight Categoria Primera A with Patriotas Boyacá, Deportivo Cali and Junior.
Born in Colombia, Rosero moved to Argentina to join Arsenal’s youth academy and began his professional career with the club in 2012. He enjoyed a pair of early breakthroughs by helping Arsenal win the 2013 Copa Argentina—starting in the semifinal against rivals All Boys—and by appearing in the 2014 Copa Libertadores, debuting in South America’s premier club tournament with a start in a 3-0 win over Mexican outfit Santos Laguna. In 2015, Rosero concluded his stint with Arsenal by playing 15 matches in the Argentine Primera Division and participating in the Copa Sudamericana, the second-most prestigious club tournament on the continent.
Rosero returned to his home country in 2016 and made an immediate impact in the Colombian first division, scoring four goals and starting 35 of 37 league appearances with Patriotas Boyacá. He also helped the club to the quarterfinals of the 2016 Copa Colombia, scoring one goal in five tournament appearances.
Strong performances with Patriotas paved the way for Rosero to join Colombian powerhouse Deportivo Cali in 2017. His first season with the team was highlighted by 26 league starts and a run to the Primera A Apertura finals, where Deportivo Cali lost to Atletico Nacional. The following year, Rosero helped his side reach the 2018 Copa Sudamericana quarterfinals while adding two goals in 30 league matches (29 starts).
Rosero delivered his most dominant season to date in 2019, scoring seven goals and starting 55 games in all competitions, with Deportivo Cali finishing as Copa Colombia runners-up, placing fourth in the Primera A aggregate table and again competing in the Copa Sudamericana.
In 2020, Rosero signed for Colombian heavyweights Junior and played in both the Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana, making 11 starts across the two tournaments. He also scored two league goals and guided his team to the Primera A playoff semifinals in a Covid-shortened campaign. The following season, Rosero made seven appearances in the Copa Libertadores and one in the Copa Sudamericana while scoring three goals in 33 Primera A matches as Junior finished fifth in the aggregate league table.
Rosero remained one of the Colombian first division’s best center backs in 2022, starting 36 league games and propelling Junior to the Copa Colombia finals, where they lost 2-1 on aggregate to Millonarios. He played his final three matches for Junior earlier this month as the club kicked off its 2023 campaign.
Rosero becomes Sporting’s sixth new signing since the end of last year. For a full list of the club’s 2023 roster moves, visit SportingKC.com/news/tracker.
Sporting took a narrow 1-0 loss at the Portland Timbers in their 2023 MLS season opener on Monday and will remain on the road Saturday for a Week 2 matchup against the Colorado Rapids. The Western Conference clash at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park will kick off at 8:30 p.m. CT with live coverage via MLS Season Pass on Apple TV, Sports Radio 810 WHB and La Grande 1340 AM.
Transaction: Sporting Kansas City (MLS) acquires center back Dany Rosero in a transfer from Atletico Junior (Colombian Categoria Primera A).
Dany Rosero (Danny roh-CERO)
Born: 10/6/1993 (29 years old)
Weight: 190 lbs.
Hometown: Bogota, Colombia
Birthplace: Bogota, Colombia